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Philanthropy

Supporting the community that supports us.

We’re a mission driven-business: Do Good. Eat Good. Part of that includes supporting the community that supports us - be it our neighborhood, our city, American cheesemakers, or the global artisanal food industry. Our philanthropy starts with the way we operate our business - both in terms of the products we source from folks making goods in a way that aligns with our values as well as the fair and respectable treatment of all peoples who interact with our business, that is makers, distributors, our team members, and our customers. In the first 8 years of our business, we supported nearly 400 nonprofit events and fundraisers. As we continue to grow ourselves and ensure our own sustainability, we have launched our Philanthroplan.

Ways we “Give Back”:

ONGOING - Discounts for All Nonprofit Fundraisers

  • Any nonprofit may receive 10% off online orders of cheese trays or gifts. Enter the discount code “nonprofit” at checkout, and have your IRS nonprofit # ready to enter into the comments field. If you do not provide your code, a team member will reach out to you to confirm before your order can be accepted. To place an online order, click here.
  • Any nonprofit may receive 10% off private events or catering. To inquire about an event, complete this form.
  • Any existing wholesale partner hosting a nonprofit fundraiser may receive 10% off wholesale pricing. Contact our team here

MONTHLY - Charitable Cheese Cause Nonprofit Spotlight

At the beginning of each year, we select 12 beneficiary nonprofit partners. Their missions revolve around food (access, equality, sustainability, etc) and/or the environment (green initiatives, decreasing waste, efficiency, etc). We also reserve a few spots for nonprofits whose work directly affects our team members personally. Benefits of our monthly nonprofit spotlight include:

  • Mentions in Newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (over 40K followers collectively)
  • Mentions for the year on our website
  • Mention for the month on our Events page, with possibility to receive donations
  • 5% of revenue from ticket sales of one event (with speaking opportunity)
  • 5% of revenue from retail shops and ecommerce the day of the event

Please note we have already determined our 2019 nonprofit partners.

2019 Nonprofit Partners:

Girl Scouts of Central Texas - January
Amplify Austin - February
Mobile Loaves & Fishes - March
Austin Parks Foundation - April
Austin Give 5 for Mother Earth - May
Urban Roots - June
Texas Book Festival - July
FarmShare Austin - August
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - September
Fresh Chefs Society - October
Breast Cancer Resource Center - November Slow Food Austin - December

2018 Nonprofit Partners: Allies Against Slavery, Sustainable Food Center, The Thinkery, Austin Child Guidance Center, Slow Food Austin, Colorado River Alliance, Junior League - Food in Tummies, Texas Land Conservancy, Girls on the Run, Big Love Cancer, TreeFolks, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, and Keep Austin Fed.

YEARLY

Pop-Up Picnics: We aim to host 1-2 Pop-Up Picnics per year. We announce via our newsletter on week in advance that we’re holding a Pop-Up Picnic the following Saturday and to follow us on social. At 9am that Saturday, we announce the location, to start at 10am. The event is BYOB - blanket and beverage, and we provide some games and live music. At 10am, we start handing out free cheese tasting boxes, with a donation jar. 100% of revenue (minus cost of the food) goes to the designated nonprofit.

Amplify Austin: On this special day of giving each year, hosted by I Live Here, I Give Here, we encourage our team members to support local nonprofits that are special to them and give their own dollars as they are able; in an effort to show our team that we care about what they care about, we provide a portion of matching dollars to their designated nonprofits.

Austin Gives: We are glad to be members of the Austin Gives program, supported by the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Austin Gives is a community program to recognize and encourage business philanthropy in metropolitan Austin, asking businesses to donate at least 1% of their profits to philanthropy. In Spring 2019, we won a Generous Business Award for the Charitable Champions category! In Spring 2018, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop was recognized as an Austin Gives Generous Business Awards finalist in the Charitable Champions category.

Give 5 To Mother Earth Day: This one-day, city-wide fundraiser is held each year in honor of Earth Day. On the Friday before Earth Day, 217 Austin-area business locations will be donating 5% of their sales to a fund which will be equally distributed to nine environmental nonprofits working to preserve our local environment. While we have intermittently supported this in the past, we will forward to resuming a regular partnership in 2019.

Yearly Support: We support the following organizations through various efforts each year when we are able - American Cheese Society ACE Foundation, Daphne Zepos Teaching Award, Austin Child Guidance Center, Green Corn Project, Austin Food & Wine Alliance, Austin Food Bloggers Association, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas, Les Dames d’Escoffier Austin, Impact Austin, The Thinkery,and more. Kendall currently serves on the boards of the ACE Foundation, Les Dames Austin, and the Austin Child Guidance Center. John currently serves on the boards of the American Cheese Society and The Thinkery.

Emergency Needs: If and when an emergency arises and our team deems it a priority and appropriate to do so, we will make every effort to support the need. While we do not reserve our budget or dollars for this, we recognize that we can bring our community together in organizing efforts, for example, as serving as a location to collect supplies. Past examples include a donation drive, toiletry kit assembly, an online auction, and partnership with local restaurants for hurricane relief after the Fall 2017 hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria devastated Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. We raised an estimated $9700 for those efforts.